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The Solana Foundation integrates ChatGPT and announces strategic grants and accelerator program focused on AI growth and development on Solana
SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Solana Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the decentralization, adoption, and security of the Solana network, today announced the Solana blockchain has become the first Layer 1 blockchain to integrate artificial intelligence with a ChatGPT plugin developed by Solana Labs. In addition, the Solana Foundation has announced an AI accelerator program for university students and a strategic grant program to accelerate the usage and integration of AI on Solana.
The ChatGPT plugin integrated with Solana, the first for a Layer 1 blockchain, is currently available as a download from Github. This integration from Solana Labs serves as a reference for how AI can make it easier to understand Solana data and protocols, or surface data about Solana’s computing infrastructure and DeFi projects. The plugin can be used to buy NFTs, transfer tokens, inspect transactions, interpret public account data, and find NFT collections by floor price.
“Every developer building consumer-oriented apps should be thinking about how their app is going to be interacted with through an AI model because this is a new paradigm for telling computers what to do,” said Anatoly Yakovenko, Solana co-founder and Solana Labs CEO (read more about AI from Anatoly here). “AI will make Solana more usable and understandable.”
The main characteristics of Solana – fast throughput, near zero costs and ease of use – allow AI models to interact seamlessly and efficiently on the network. While only in its early stages, Solana has become the center of a groundswell of AI activity happening in web3.
The Solana Foundation also announced today that it has increased the amount available in an AI-focused strategic grants program from the originally announced $1 million to up to $10 million. The grants program is intended to encourage the ecosystem to explore new use cases of machine learning models interacting with Solana protocols in safe and interpretable ways. The rolling grants program has already received 50 applications; new and existing projects can apply here.
The Solana Foundation also kicked-off a 3-month long accelerator program for university students that has a full cohort dedicated to experimenting with blockchain and AI. The program received hundreds of applications from projects and contributors, and the AI cohort has already resulted in an ask Solana U chatbot, which answers questions about Solana development and helps find the right Solana documentation, as well as Solana Audits AI, which is designed to enhance security for Solana-based programs.
The Solana ecosystem is also making major strides by leaning into AI and several projects are already utilizing AI technology:
For more information please visit https://solana.com/AI.
About Solana Foundation
The Solana Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Zug, Switzerland, dedicated to the decentralization, adoption, and security of the Solana network. For more information, please visit https://solana.org/.
About Solana Labs
Solana Labs is a technology company, a developer of web3 projects, a creator of open source software, and the author and publisher of a Solana validator client. Solana Labs is based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit https://solanalabs.com/.
Solana is a blockchain built for mass adoption. It’s a high performance network that is utilized for a range of use cases, including finance, NFTs, payments, and gaming. Solana operates as a single global state machine, and is open, interoperable and decentralized. For more information, please visit https://solana.com.
Arielle Pennington, Head of Communications, Solana Foundation
Chris Kraeuter, Communications Manager, Solana Foundation
SOURCE Solana Foundation; Solana Labs
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